The “Prosperity Gospel” is wildly popular. Many, if not most mega churches are steeped in it. Yes, there are numerous Old Testament Scripture references that can be pulled out to support it, but the whole counsel of the Word of God leaves no room for doubt. It is a false teaching. Read these Scriptures and then decide for yourself.
1 Timothy 6: 3-12 says “3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith.
Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
1 Timothy 6:10 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
I write this post hoping you will carefully examine what Copeland, Hinn, and many other Word of Faith men and women are teaching and search the Scriptures to see if it is true as the Bereans did in Acts 17.
“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Acts 17:11
Many good websites write about this subject. This is a good place to start: https://bereanresearch.org/white-paper-word-of-faith/
With Love, Cindy
P.S. Perhaps someday I will write about my 15 years in a Word of Faith church, how it ended my ministry to women for over 20 years, and almost shipwrecked my faith.
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